Manager happy with Mildenhall Town's reaction during Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division derby victory over Ely City
Mildenhall Town manager Ricky Cornish was pleased with the reaction his players produced during last Friday’s 3-0 home derby win over Ely City.
Cornish’s side headed into the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division encounter on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Whitton United – a result that ended their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
But there was no hangover from that disappointment as goals from Jack Brame (penalty), Valter Rocha and substitute Kaine Manels secured all three points for the hosts.
Cornish said: “We had played two lots of extra-time against Newmarket before Whitton and while I can see the argument about tiredness, there is still no excuse for that performance.
“That is probably the worst I have seen us play since the start of the season, but credit to the lads, they have gone out and put in a decent performance against Ely.
“It is never easy playing against Ely. They work hard and have a real togetherness, but we combatted that well and created a lot of chances. We could have maybe won by a couple more goals in the end but the result was pleasing.”
There was, however, some bad news to come out of the game for Cornish following confirmation that playmaker Tommy Robinson suffered a double leg fracture in a 50/50 first-half challenge.
Robinson has since undergone surgery and faces an extended spell on the sidelines, but Cornish is confident he will come back stronger from the experience.
“Tommy is a great kid who always wants to learn and progress,” added the Mildenhall boss. “We had started to see the best of him recently as well so it is really disappointing.
“There was no malice in the challenge, it is just one of the things that can happen in football.
“He has already told me he is going to come back stronger from this and knowing him like I do, that is fully what I expect him to do.”
Mildenhall, who had their home game with Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, will travel to face a struggling Gorleston side on Saturday (3pm).
The Greens – defeated in six of their eight league matches this term – sit third from bottom and were beaten 7-1 at home by Woodbridge Town last time out.
Nevertheless, Cornish has insisted there is no danger of his men taking their opposition lightly.
“When a team has a result like that you always have to expect some form of a backlash,” he said. “It is a good football club over at Gorleston and they work very hard.
“We will be taking nothing for granted and will be going there to do what we do best.”
Defender Casey Phillips could return to the squad from a knee injury while Alex Steed is also available after missing the Ely game.
After Gorleston, Mildenhall will be back on home soil on Tuesday evening in the Suffolk Premier Cup against Brantham Athletic (7.45pm).